George Richmond (1809-1896), portrait-painter, was born on 28 March 1809 at Brompton. He attended a day school before becoming, at the age of 15, a student at the Royal Academy where he exhibited works from the mid 1820s. He started to focus on portrait painting from 1831, and began to work in oil after 1846. During his career Richmond painted many of the leading figures of his day. He gave up regular work in 1881, but continued to paint occasionally, and to sculpture. He died on 19 March 1896 at his home in London.
Edward Edwards (c. 1766-c. 1850) was the son of John of Clenchwarton, Norfolk. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1782, and migrated to Corpus Christi College in 1784 (B.A., 1787; M.A., 1790), where he was a Fellow, 1788-1796. He was ordained deacon in 1788, and priest in 1790. Edwards was Rector of St Edmund's, King's Lynn, and Lecturer of St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn, 1799-c. 1849. He married Anne, daughter of Benjamin Pead of Hull, in 1796.
An unfinished portrait of Edward Edwards, 311 mm x 386 mm.
The provenance of the collection is unknown.